4 Mindanao schools receive Asian Football aid

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Apr) – The Asian Football Federation (AFC) has donated television sets to four Mindanao schools in an effort to give students across Southeast Asia opportunity to learn football skills and tactics.

Davao City’s Zonta Elementary School, Maco National High School in Compostela Valley, Patin-ay Elementary School in Agusan del Sur and Del Monte School in Bukidnon were the recipient of a Toshiba Power TV monitor courtesy of the AFC and Toshiba “Enjoy Football with Power TV” campaign.

Erwin Protacio, Davao Football Association (DFA) secretary-general, said these schools are among the 15 recipients of the AFC and Toshiba program all over the country.

“From among the 33 member associations of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), 18 sent their nominees,” he said.

Toshiba’s Power TV series features an “Auto Signal Booster” that improves signal sensitivity and enables viewing in areas with weak signal strengths. It also enhances the viewing experience with 20-watt high powered audio speakers.

The company donated 102 sets of Power TV – double the number of goals scored in 18 matches in the recent AFF Suzuki Cup held late last year – are being presented to schools in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam through their respective national football associations.

The Philippines was allotted 15 sets of Power TV for this program, according to Protacio.

The other recipients are Barotac Nuevo Central School (Iloilo), Buhi Central School (Naga City, Camarines Sur), West City Elementary School (Negros Oriental), Banilad Elementary School (Cebu), San Jose National Elementary School (Leyte), Jose Zurbito Elementary School (Masbate), San Jose Elementary School (Rizal), Jose J. Leido Memorial High School (Oriental Mindoro), Moreno Integrated School (Camarines Norte), Bago City Elementary School (Negros Occidental), and San Rafael (Tarlac).

Recently in Malaysia, AFC and Toshiba launched “Enjoy Football with Power TV,” a corporate social responsibility campaign especially created to benefit the region’s young football fans.

The campaign is part of efforts to promote Asian football by providing students throughout the region the opportunity to watch their football stars in action and to learn from them.

Yoshihiro Okura, Toshiba Corporation’s director/general manager of Strategic Planning Division for Asia, said they believe that students can benefit from the “Enjoy Football with Power TV” campaign.

“The availability of televisions in schools will give students the opportunity to learn football skills and tactics, and to be exposed to other educational programs which will contribute towards their academic achievements,” he said.

AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam always emphasized the importance of social responsibility and the AFC has partnered with many NGOs to pursue this social cause. (Rico Biliran / MindaNews)